Business news from around the state








Statewide: Hannaford saves $16 million and diverts tens of millions of pounds of waste annually due to its sustainability practices; Maine’s 2014 lobster catch value was an all-time high catch value of $456.9 million; Lisa Webster, owner of North Star Sheep Farm in Windham, is the new president of the Maine farm trade group, Agricultural Council of Maine; January Maine home sales increased by 8.6% over the same month last year.

Southern: Cross Insurance Arena’s management group named Matthew Herpich as its new general manager; Portland’s planning board approved zoning changes so that the Portland Co. complex on 58 Fore St. can have taller buildings and be a mix of commercial and residential development; Senator Justin Alfond, the owner of Bayside Bowl, purchased adjacent Portland-owned land in order to expand his business; a redevelopment project for Biddeford’s Lincoln Mill will displace businesses as the project will transform the mill into a hotel, restaurant and apartment complex.

Central & Western: The Maine Human Rights Commission ruled that Auburn manufacturer Tambrands Inc. likely discriminated against a work applicant and is now in mediation in hopes of reaching a settlement; Maine Community Health Options has signed up a majority of Mainers seeking health insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace; UTC Fire & Security’s manufacturing plant in Pittsfield is preparing to shut down spring of 2015; Elevation Burger plans to open its third restaurant in Maine in mid-March.

Midcoast & Down East: Isleboro residents will vote in May whether to borrow $3 million to build a broadband Internet network; Anchorspace, a new co-working space will open in April in Bar Harbor, which will expand offering of affordable office space in the area.

Northern & Eastern: New Hampshire-based Cate Street Capital and its entities GNP Holdings II and GNP West Inc. owe the town of Millinocket $1.49 million in late tax payments for its shuttered paper mill there and has filed a tax abatement seeking a reduction in the tax amount; the Oakfield wind project fought off a legal challenge by opponents of the 50-turbine wind farm.


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